Great Lakes Burning River Festival Returns to the Coast Guard Station this August
Cleveland Metroparks today joined Great Lakes Brewing Company and the Foundry to announce the completion of phase one in the restoration of Cleveland’s historic former United States Coast Guard Station. The restoration by Cleveland Metroparks, which began in Spring 2016, reached a new milestone with the recent completed interior restoration of the Main Building that formerly housed U.S. Coast Guard sleeping quarters, captain’s quarters, kitchen and more. The main building also features the 75 foot tower that offers a unique perspective of the Cleveland skyline and Lake Erie.
This most recent work was funded with proceeds from Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Burning River Fest, which will once again be held at the Station on August 17th and 18th. This year marks the tenth time that the event will build public awareness and support for the historic site. Funds raised benefit clean water initiatives such as this restoration through the Burning River Foundation.
Cleveland Metroparks is restoring the property with several partners including the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Foundation, The Gund Foundation, Burning River Foundation, Sherwin Williams, PNC Bank, Oswald Companies, ArcelorMittal, Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust and O'Neill Brothers Foundation.
The Foundry, Cleveland’s community rowing and sailing center, has also been a significant partner and installed new boat docks at the historic former Coast Guard Station in September 2017. Since then, the Foundry has hosted high school and collegiate sailing team practices as well as regattas out of the Station.
This month, Cleveland Metroparks is kicking-off a series of sailing programs out of the historic former Coast Guard Station ranging from 1-hour “Try-Its”
to Learn to Sail
programs under the guidance of a certified sailing instructor. The Station is being incorporated into additional outdoor recreational opportunities including Wendy Park Wednesdays
that feature kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.
Restorations complete to date include exterior concrete restoration, restoration of the historic flag pole, new roofs on the Boat House and Main Building by City of Cleveland, new roof to Garage building, as well as painting, new and restored windows and garage doors, and new boat docks installed by the Foundry. Additional restorations are ongoing and will take place in a phased approach.
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